Boys, books and all that jazz

In July I attended the PLVN children’s and youth service seminar: boys, books & all that jazz.

The seminar featured popular American YA author Paul Griffin in conversation with author Archie Fusillo about engaging Boys with Books.

Adele Walsh from the Centre for Youth Literature spoke about the books featured on the Inky Awards Longlist and we were treated to the storyteller/entertainer Grant Cottrell.

The seminar concluded with a group discussion between the staff attending from various libraries about innovative library spaces, National Year of Reading ideas, Boys & Books programs. Ideas such as Lego Clubs, Minecraft evenings or a Silent Disco were floated around. I’d really love to hear what your library has done done to engage boys with books!

Inky Awards – Longlist Announced

The longlist for the 2012 Inky Awards for the best teen literature has been announced – the Gold Inky award for Australian releases and the Silver Inky for international novels. From this list, four teen judges and writers James Moloney and Danielle Binks will decide which books will make the cut to a shortlist of five in each category. The winner will be voted in by readers under 20 on Inside A Dog from August 27, and announced on October 24. There is also a Creative Reading Prize, won by a young person for a creative response to a book they love, in any format they choose.

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